Lecture by Dr. Tiziana Centofanti
Protecting the soil underfoot: biological methods to tackle soil degradation
30 September (Wednesday), 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Budapest, Nádor utca 9, Room 609
Abstract: Soil is a non-renewable resource; it provides essential ecosystem services that sustain humanity. Soil degradation is a serious global environmental problem with considerable economic and environmental consequences.
In this talk, Dr. Centofanti tells the story of two degraded soils in Maryland and California. She illustrates how low-cost biological methods can lower bioavailability of pollutants in soil, thereby protecting sensitive receptor species and mitigating movement of these residues into wildlife food chains. Tiziana explains how these studies provide valuable information to natural resource managers and regulators seeking low-cost remediation solutions to mitigate ecological risks.
Presenter: Tiziana Centofanti, an environmental scientist, is interested in how environmental pollution affects human and ecosystem resilience. Tiziana received a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Zurich).
Tiziana has 10+ years of research and teaching experience at different universities in Europe and in the United States. She co-led numerous collaborative research projects on fate and transport of pollutants in soil and water, food chain transfer of pollutants, and ecological restoration of degraded environments. She was recently co-awarded a multi-year research grant, funded by the California Department of Water Resources, to study the use of alternative crops for remediation of saline and drought-stricken farmland in Central California. In this project, in collaboration with an economist, she is evaluating the market demand and consumers’ preferences for alternative crops.